Author Unwind and Wind Up


Author Unwinding

I’ve been working 7 days a week since well probably February. I’m now cutting back to 6.5 days a week. Sundays will be my half day.

I need to take some time for me. To unwind.

LOL. I know half a day sounds like so little but it is a lot right now.


After the whirlwind of Killer Nashville and RJ Julia’s, I got to celebrate my best friend’s 36th birthday at his mom’s beach house.

I was sitting on the back wall, staring out at the ocean and I realized I never made it into the water this summer. I meant to. I hoped to. And it didn’t happen.

Rather than bemoan the missed opportunity, I went inside and slipped on my bathing suit.

I walked down the road to where the beach has buttery soft sandbars and I waded in.

And stayed there for 2 hours.

Mind you it was low tide so the water barely hit my hip. But I didn’t mind as I bounced under waves and floated around.

I just wanted a little time with the ocean.

Didn’t matter that I was out there alone.

I frolicked like a little kid.

And when I walked back to the beach house, I felt like I’d done everything I wanted this summer.


Author Winding Up

I’ve got a 50 minute workshop at CT Fictionfest, a 30 minute workshop at the Cascades Library in VA, and an author talk and reading at the Silas Bronson Library in CT.

I’ve been working on each one since July. And I’m in the fine tuning stage. Practicing the Powerpoints for the workshops. Seeing where I flub things in my presentation and smoothing it out.

I’m nervous. Two presentations and an author talk & reading in seven days is not easy. But practicing is all I can do to ease my jitters.

So I keep preparing. And preparing. And preparing.

Fingers crossed, these talks go well and I also sell some books.


In honor of a very awesome review from Publishers Weekly for The Six Train Train to Wisconsin, I’m also giving away one signed copy via Goodreads. The Six Train giveaway ends today.

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45 Responses to Author Unwind and Wind Up

  1. A frolic in the ocean sounds like a great way to close out the summer. Enjoy your “me” time, you deserve it, Kourtney.

  2. Sounds like that half day off is much deserved. Can’t wait to hear about the presentations. Best of luck as you continue to prepare!

  3. Yay, Kourtney, beach babe!

  4. Congrats on the Publishers Weekly review and good luck. I hope you get some more water time next summer. You deserve it.

  5. Its time to unwind in so many ways, And I shouldn’t worry about your speech you will be just fine… Just trust the words will come, and they will,
    have a great weekend and look forward to that half day of rest ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Sue. I’m a pretty nervous public speaker so I over-prepare to compensate. I usually pull it off though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I speak in services only giving 15 minutes philosophy talks in the beginning many years ago I would try to prepare, and always my words would change .. So I now trust to my higher self and just let the words come, I have never yet been let down or the venue disappointed,
        We are always I think guided ๐Ÿ™‚ Trusting is the key ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy and don’t Work too hard! x

        • That’s cool that you found what works best for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Trial and error taught me that I need to know my workshop inside and out to teach it. I pretty much stick to script and that makes me a more relaxed speaker. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. K. Lyn Wurth says:

    So glad you took some time to bob around in the water! Sounds like it refreshed your soul. You’re engaged in an impressive effort, promoting the book AND helping others. Atta girl! Take care. That half day will do you good…

  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    Good luck with the talks. I’m sure you’ll do great. You definitely deserve a break. It’s interesting–while I’m taking time off to write, I work more hours a day than I did at an outside job. Hours and hours at the computer, either working on my manuscript or marketing. And I’m not doing the face-to-face stuff like you are. You MUST be exhausted!

  8. jmmcdowell says:

    You definitely deserve some “me” time after all the work you’ve put in so far! But I strongly suspect the results will be well worth the time and effort. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Mae Clair says:

    Congrats on Publisher’s Weekly. That rocks! Good luck with everything you’ve got lined up. When it’s over, it sounds like you definitely need a break!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hi Kourtney! It sounds like your book is doing great – way to go!

  11. EllaDee says:

    Exactly what I’d expect of you… find the opportunity for a swim, and make the most of it. The same philosophy got you working 7 days a week, so it was a well deserved reward ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 4amWriter says:

    You’re smart to take time for yourself. I think that’s the best, healthiest attitude when you’re under a lot of pressure and stress. I’m so happy things are moving in a forward direction for you.

  13. Cat Forsley says:

    best line
    “i frolicked like a little kid ” xx
    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it xx
    of course You need to chill xxxx <3 xxx

  14. Congrats on your wonderful review, Kourtney! So glad you’re rockin’ it, as I knew you would. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Pete Denton says:

    Any time you can spend time near a sea or ocean gets my vote! It’s always good to take time to unwind so make sure you do more of it.

    Good luck with the events. I’m sure once you’ve started you’ll love every minute of it. Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Agreed. Yeah, I definitely need more unwinding time now. I’ve been go go go all year and it’s catching up to me. LOL. I am getting better at the public speaking and Q&A. It’s always nerve wracking but I am finding elements I enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Pete Denton says:

        I think if you’re not nervous then it’s because you’re not bothered about it any more. If it matters then you should feel the butterflies. I hope you continue to enjoy more elements of the experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

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